By BRIAN SMITH
In a day and age where people seem to change jobs like they change the oil in their car, it’s refreshing to see someone spending 50 years in one business.
Jim Coleman, owner and pharmacist at City Pharmacy, 111 Trinity St. in Weatherford, came to town in 1963 and accepted a position from former pharmacy owner Gerald Davis after his graduation from University of Texas Pharmacy School.
Coleman advanced quickly, becoming a partner in 1966.
Davis passed away in 1996 and Coleman purchased the rest of the business from Davis’ widow.
He said he has always enjoyed the area, which convinced him to stay.
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy recently honored Coleman for his 50 years in the business. Coleman was surprised by the award, saying “he didn’t know the state did stuff like that.”
“Fifty years is a long time to do anything,” Coleman said. “I’m honored by the award.”
Pharmacy work is something Coleman kind of developed an interest for. Coleman said he knew he wanted to go into a business where he could work for himself. As a child growing up in the small town of Mabank, southeast of Dallas, he says his father encouraged him to look into becoming a pharmacist.
Having two drug stores in town right next to each other on the main drag fueled the interest.
“There wasn’t a lot of chain drug stores at the time, but it was something professional which I was encouraged to do,” Coleman said.
Despite it being a business he has spent a lifetime enjoying, he admits he wouldn’t recommend it for today’s young people wanting to start a career.
“It’s expensive to get into nowadays and the profit margins are bigger,” Coleman said. “I will say it worked out good for me, though. This is a great town.”
Coleman has become as integrated in the town as they have in him. He has spent six years on the Weatherford Independent School District board, more than eight on the Weatherford Regional Medical Center board, including terms as president of both.
He has been a member of both the Weatherford Rotary and Optimist Clubs and is an elder and deacon at Grace First Presbyterian Church along with the boards of Texas Bank and Southwest Bank.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of his marriage to wife, Myrlan, a fine arts instructor at Weatherford College for 40 years. Her artistic work adorns the walls near the entrance.
After going strong for 50 years, you might think Coleman was considering retirement. Don’t even mention “the evil ‘R’ word” to him.
“I’m not through yet,” Coleman said with a smile. “Hadn’t even thought about it. Don’t believe in it.”